Beauty isn’t just about what makeup, fragrances and brands people use. Beauty is deeper and comes from within. Taking the time to recognize achievement in others, and thanking them for their contribution and leadership throughout the year (not just on Thanksgiving) is a beautiful thing. A few weeks ago, the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) and Leonard Lauder who is the son of the legendary Estée Lauder, honored seven of the beauty industry’s most accomplished women at The CEW 40th Annual Achiever Awards held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
The honorees were recognized for their outstanding career achievements and leadership in the beauty industry. The Achiever Awards is one of CEW’s highest attended events of the year, as it celebrates the accomplishments and influence of female executives and inspire future leaders in the industry. CEW’s achiever awards is special, because it’s one of the most inspiring events in the beauty industry, which many people naturally regard as superficial. CEW honors successful women (and a few men as well) every year in the industry who became executives starting out as entry level employees. They were not over night super stars, as they all worked grueling hours and climbed up the corporate ladder to success with hope and perseverance.
CEW and Leonard Lauder presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Lynne Greene, Group President ofThe Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., who was recognized for her exceptional career, contributions to the beauty industry and continuous support of CEW. She is only the fifth recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the history of CEW, and announced a couple of months ago that she will be retiring in June 2016 after almost 40 years at Estée Lauder.
The 2015 Achiever Award Honorees are:
- Lorraine Coyle, Senior Vice President, U.S. Sales, L’Oréal Paris
- Shannon Curtin, Former Group Vice President of Walgreens Beauty & Personal Care
- Sandra Main, Global Brand President, La Mer
- Rita Mangan, Senior Vice President, Sales, Education & Retail Strategies, Shiseido Cosmetics America; and
- Kathy O’Brien, Vice President, Skin and Marketing Services, North America, Unilever
In addition, Sylvie Ganter, Creator and Founder, Atelier Cologne received CEW’s Great Idea Award for Fragrance Innovation for creating Pure Perfumes inspired by the legendary Eau de Cologne that created new fragrance family — the “cologne absolue”. The award was presented by International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. CEW also honored LVMH with the Corporate Empowerment for Women Award for its commitment to the advancement of women within its organization.
“For the past 40 years the Achiever Awards have celebrated the exceptional achievements of powerful female leaders in beauty. We’re thrilled to recognize all that this year’s honorees have accomplished in their careers, and to inspire the next generation of leaders,” says CEW President, Carlotta Jacobson. “This year we are delighted to also recognize LVMH for developing programs and initiatives that aim to propel its female employees to top leadership positions within the organization.”
The 2015 CEW Achiever Awards are sponsored by InStyle, International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., Arcade Beauty, DSM Personal Care, Nordstrom Beauty, MANA, Amazon Luxury Beauty, The Emerson Group, Conair, Beauty Inc, Wells Fargo Securities, HSN, Links of London, Edelman, Geometry Global, P&G Beauty, Elizabeth Arden, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., WWD, Depicture, Suite K, Consultancy Media and Kaplow Communications. To learn more about leadership development opportunities in the beauty industry, visit www.cew.org.
About CEW: Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc. (CEW) is a global, nonprofit professional organization with 8,000 global members, both men and women, from over 2,250 companies in the beauty and related industries. CEW brings the beauty community together, at every stage of their careers, from every facet of the industry. CEW leads the conversation in beauty, addressing topics that are shaping the future of the industry and provides unparalleled access to industry influencers and thought leaders. CEW provides the connections, tools and leadership development resources to move careers forward. CEW recognizes professional achievement and innovation in the industry to inspire the next generation of leaders. CEW is based in New York City, and also hosts events for the beauty community in Los Angeles. Additionally, CEW has associated organizations in France and the United Kingdom. The CEW Foundation supports Cancer and Careers, a comprehensive program for people balancing work and cancer. For more information, log on to cew.org.